We have a favorite bib from a popular (and expensive) kids' store that we use almost everyday. I decided to copy the pattern (sort of) and make a couple more for Lucy. I thought it was a good chance to use some of my fabric stash and try out the iron on vinyl stuff you can get at the material store that makes any fabric into an oilcoth, basically.
Step 1: Iron on vinyl stuff, no problems. Just followed the directions and the fabric looked fantastic.
Step 2: Cut it out. . . Now here is where things started to go awry. I thought to myself, I don't want to have to back this bib with another layer of fabric and do the whole "right sides together" and then turn it inside out thing, I'm just going to bind it. So I cut the exact shape of the bib I was copying rather than allow seam allowance.
Step 3: I should have stopped there, they looked so cute! But no, I went ahead and did a binding, which I cut on the bias and prepared myself just like I do when I'm binding quilts.
Step 4: Attach binding. This is where it all went to pot. those little curves proved impossible for my binding strips. It's puckered and wrinkled and uneven and I'm far too impatient to go back and fix it.
Step 5: Use it. Now this part actually works. Lucy doesn't seem to mind that the binding is sooo sloppy. It's practical but not perfect. Good for home use, but my thoughts of using these as gifts have been dashed.
Next time, I think I'll do the right sides together bit like the original. Here's the basic pattern though if you want to give it a try and let me know if you have better luck!